|Review: Blood Legion - Promo 2012|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: November 19, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)
Bit of an interesting story behind this release, at least how I got it. You see, our very own Luxi actually got a handful of these promos from one of the band members back in 2012 to distribute them to various labels. He recently stumbled across a leftover copy, which he promptly sent to me as payment for our illicit dealings I've been legally advised against discussing any further. The disc itself was an MCD that appears to have initially been a sampler for some synth-pop band called Curve, which I'm supposing happened either due to budget constraints, to conceal its nature due to Metal being effectively outlawed in Malaysia, or both. All I know is that if there's anything more underground than a band putting their promo on a random sampler they had lying around, I have no idea what it would be.
But enough trivia, what about the music itself? Well, I'm happy to say that Blood Legion spew out a dishful of raw, dirty Death Metal with chunky, grooving riffs, thick, rumbling bass work, and throaty roars that bubble forth like fresh viscera from a boiling cauldron. This is backed by a grimy production that has a surprising amount of clarity considering the likely difficult conditions it was made in, and it really adds to the vile atmosphere of the music. The band works at their best when it's in a mid-paced trudge, as they do on the excellent "God of Lies" and "Against the Sun", and while they aren't as convincing when they speed up for "Blood Legion", they still deliver a nicely evil and underground sound that'll get your head banging in no time. The band appears to still be active despite not having any new material since 2014, and if this is any indication, I'd love to hear them get a full-length out the door. Until then, go give this a listen.
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